Lab Test Procedure : Lesions for VZV/HSV Antigen Stain and Viral Culture

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1. For direct anitgen stain:
a. Vigorously scrape the cells from the base of the lesion with one flocked swab and apply material to wells on glass slide.
b. Place the slide into a cardboard slide envelope.


2. Vor viral culture:
a. Vigorously scrape the cells from the base of the lesion with second flocked swab and break off swab into M4 (viral transport medium-VTM)
b. Place VTM on ice.

Send both specimens immediately to the laboratory.


Note Direct stain only performed 0800-1600

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